Including Flexible Suspension Means Patents (Class 248/693)
  • Patent number: 10548458
    Abstract: A tethered cleaning tool includes an elongated, helical cord having two opposing ends. A first end of the cord is fastened to a magnetic attachment sleeve for tethering the cord to a faucet riser or similar support surface. At the opposing, second end of the cord is a quick-connect fitting for securing the cord to any one of a plurality of interchangeable cleaning implements, such as a sponge or a brush. Accordingly, a desired cleaning implement is conveniently suspended above a sink until needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Jeremy Joseph Sankey
  • Patent number: 9027812
    Abstract: A backpack frame is disclosed herein. The backpack frame includes a frame body and an arm coupled to the frame body. The arm has a proximal portion at the one or more points of connection and a distal portion that is extended away from the one or more points of connection. A space between a distal portion of the arm and the frame body is sufficiently sized to receive the head of an antlered animal therethrough when the distal portion of the arm is pivoted away from the frame body. The arm is capable of pivoting at a point of connection between the arm and the frame body. Accordingly, at least in some instances, when the head of an antlered animal is inserted through the space, the arm pivots, locking the head in place and supporting the head and antlers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hunt Hard, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Travis Lester
  • Patent number: 8739570
    Abstract: A device or holder for holding a pair of eyeglasses that may be incorporated into a necklace assembly is provided. The holder or device may be connected to a necklace having a first and a second end by a linker, one linker attached to the holder and adapted to attach to a first end of a necklace and one linker attached to the holder and adapted to attach to a second end of a necklace. The first and second end of the necklace may have terminal loops. The necklace assembly may be worn about the neck having a device or holder for holding a temple piece of eyeglasses assembly connected between ends of the necklace. The device or holder for holding a temple piece of eyeglasses includes an eyeglass-holder tube and optionally a first and a second linker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Karen Prestwidge
  • Publication number: 20140042294
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, an accessory mount includes a receiving interface portion on the accessory, and a mountable portion magnetically couplable to the receiving interface portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew Marzynski, Jeffrey Edward Worones
  • Patent number: 8579247
    Abstract: A smoke ejector hanger is disclosed herein. The hanger includes a flexible pad. Hook and loop fastening means are affixed to the flexible pad for selectively retaining the flexible pad in the form of a tube. A pair of straps is affixed at the midpoints thereof to the flexible pad such that each of the straps has a pair of free ends extending outwardly from the flexible pad. One of a number of releasable fasteners is affixed to each of the free ends. Each of the releasable fasteners has a snap catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Weddle Tool Company
    Inventor: David R. Weddle
  • Patent number: 8537476
    Abstract: A support system for a vibrating component of an optical assembly that is adjacent to a frame, wherein the component is driven to vibrate along an X-direction of a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. The support system includes a support member connected to the frame. The support system has contact elements that are adjustable for movement into and out of contact with the vibrating component to constrain motion of the vibrating component in the Y-direction and in the Z-direction, without constraining motion of the vibrating component in the X-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hinds Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Mansfield, Baoliang Wang
  • Publication number: 20130234001
    Abstract: An ornament holder for a cellphone has a securing member, a connecting member, a cover, an insertion member and a plurality of loops. The cover and the connecting member each has a connector comprising a column, a positioning portion and an engaging portion, and connecting member and the securing member each comprise a concave portion configured to engage with a connector on another of the cover and the connecting member, each concave portion comprising a positioning slot and an engaging slot; the plurality of the loops are used for connecting the securing member, the connecting member and the cover to the insertion member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Sheng Wei Tsai, Chun Min Chen
  • Publication number: 20130187024
    Abstract: A portable support device is configured to receive a portable electronic device thereon, and includes a generally planar support base, a neck strap, and two struts coupled at one end to the support base and at the other end to the neck strap. The struts can rotate with respect to the support base. The neck strap can be worn around a user's neck, allowing the support base to rest in front of a user's mid-section. Spacer bars can provide for separation between the user's mid-section and the support base. Clamps or other fixing mechanisms can be used to retain the portable electronic device on the top surface of the support base. Clasps or clutch plates can be used to restrain the rotational movement of the struts relative to the support base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Douglas M. Obujen, Jeff R. Burdick
  • Patent number: 8444101
    Abstract: An apparatus for hanging a storage device comprising a mounting strap, a frontal strap, a lower strap and a connector. The frontal strap is oriented to support the storage device and at least partially wrap around the storage device. The lower strap is configured to at least partially wrap around a bottom portion of the storage device. The connector has multiple connection points and is configured to connect the mounting strap, frontal strap, and lower strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey T Holman
  • Patent number: 8439326
    Abstract: A safety tether is provided for securing a heavy work tool. The safety tether includes one or more springs that serve to carry some of the weight of the work tool. A safety chain is provided in parallel connection with the springs. The length of the chain is less than the extended length of a spring at its maximum rated load, thus precluding extension of the springs to that link, greatly reducing any likelihood that the springs will break. In the event of spring breakage, the chain serves as a safety chain, stopping the tool from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: ESCO Tool
    Inventor: James A. Moruzzi
  • Patent number: 8420988
    Abstract: A domestic appliance includes a control panel and a control panel mounting bracket which includes a frame shaped for being installed on a surface panel of a domestic appliance. The surface panel has an opening therein for receiving the frame. The frame has an open portion for receiving a control mount adhered over the open portion. The surface panel has a top surface and a bottom surface, and the frame has a main securing member having at least one tab extending therefrom. The tab is bendable along a line off-set from vertical such that when the tab is bent, it bears against the bottom surface of the surface panel to urge the frame against the surface panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Geiger, Michael Gerdes, Troy Wilson, Mark Wood, Anthony Zymroz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8408513
    Abstract: A holder system for mobile devices includes a generally rectangular holder base and a holder configured to secure the mobile device therein. The holder may be removably attachable to the holder base. A retractor mechanism may be attached to the holder base. The holder base includes a pair of spaced cord ports, each cord port receiving a line part of a retractable cord that is engaged to the retractor mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 8387934
    Abstract: An over-the-door game hanger system having a pair of first and second hooks capable of receiving a top edge of a standard door. An attachment plate is removably attached between the first and second hooks. A game support strap is operably secured to the attachment plate at one end and to a game panel at the other end. A balance block may be provided which is removable mounted proximate an upper edge of the game panel. The strap is disposed to extend from the game panel over the forward end of the balance block such that the strap extends at an angle therefrom toward the attachment plate proximate the top edge of said door thereby generating a moment and a force in a direction toward the door face such that the game panel hangs substantially vertically flush against the substantially vertical door face. In an alternative embodiment wherein the balance block is used, the game support strap may be supported or secured by any means proximate a top edge of a standard door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: EastPoint Sports Ltd., LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Nally, Jim Lam Kwan Wing
  • Patent number: 8342470
    Abstract: Hangers and methods for supporting an item from a structure. In some examples, the hanger includes a body configured to support the item and lines configured to bear tension, the lines supporting the body from corners of the structure. In some examples, the hanger includes an adjustment mechanism mounted to the body and coupled to the lines, wherein the adjustment mechanism is configured to selectively adjust the position of the body relative to the structure. In some examples, the method includes forming a portion of a first line into a first loop, forming a portion of a second line into a second loop, placing the first loop over the first corner of the structure, placing the second loop over the second corner of the structure, securing the item to the first line, and securing the item to the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Dorota Shortell
  • Patent number: 8342475
    Abstract: A mounting bracket and dampening assembly for mounting a heavy bag, a first portion of the mounting bracket mounted horizontally in relation to mounting surface, a second portion of the mounting bracket depending downwardly forming a support surface for a securing means for supporting the heavy bag in combination with a dampening means in the form of upper and lower bushings in combination with a rod and spring assembly to lessen the transmission of stress, shock and vibration and to reduce the motion, both lateral and vertical, of the heavy bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Tsakiris
  • Patent number: 8342839
    Abstract: An assembly is provided whereby a candle holder is supported within a bottle and the bottle has no bottom and a single assembly supports both the candle holder and bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Roy Rindom
  • Patent number: 8333352
    Abstract: A bottle holder assembly includes a first appendage component configured to be secured about a child's left hand via removable securement of one or more securement fasteners such that a coupling fastener is disposed over a child's palm facing outwards, and the child's fingers are not contained within the first appendage component. The bottle holder assembly further includes a second appendage component configured to be secured about a child's right hand via removable securement one or more securement fasteners such that a coupling fastener is disposed over a child's palm facing outwards, and the child's fingers are not contained within the first appendage component. The bottle holder assembly still further includes a retention component configured to retain a bottle, and including one or more coupling fasteners. The coupling fastener of each appendage component is capable of being removably secured to the one or more coupling fasteners of the retention component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Jeremy Chambers
  • Publication number: 20120160989
    Abstract: In an eyewear mounting device, a pressing surface portion is formed at an end of a frame, a pair of supporting arms is provided on the pressing surface portion at an interval, a shaft around which a tightening band is wound is provided between tips of the supporting arms. An operating member rotationally attached between the supporting arms has a pressing operation portion, a pulling-up operation portion, an elastic piece and an engaging claw. The engaging claw is engageable with any of a plurality of protruding portions provided in a longitudinal direction of a surface side of the tightening band. This configuration results in easy operation of the operating member in the state where the eyewear mounting device is worn on the face. Further, only one operating member is used as the component member, thus resulting in easy assembly of the eyewear mounting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: YAMAMOTO KOGAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuto YASUHARA, Naoya AOYAMA
  • Patent number: 8132302
    Abstract: The present invention is an organizer device having a primary back strap 10, the primary back strap 10 having a first end, a second end and a middle portion. The first end having a first buckle portion 32 and a means for suspending the back strap 20, the second end having a second buckle portion 28, the middle portion having at least one attachment location with an appended buckle portion 38 interposed between the first and second ends; and wherein the second end is provided to receive the first end of a second primary back strap. The device further has at least one removable cinch strap device 40 having a first end and a second end, the first end having two buckle portions 38, 39, a first buckle portion 39 for removable attachment to the attachment location with an appended buckle 38 on the primary back strap 10 and a second buckle portion 39 to attach to the buckle portion at the second end of the cinch strap 40 to form a loop for holding a coil of cable 100, a power tool box or other material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Charles Ervin Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 7988116
    Abstract: An ornamental hanger constructed with a soft ornamental figure having a bottom portion weighted with a deformable weight so that if the ornamental hanger is pulled off a mantle, or the like, it will not injure a person. The top portion of the figure is filled with a light weight filler to maintain the shape of the figure. The ornamental hanger includes an adjustable strap so that items can be suspended therefrom at different distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffery J. Kacines
  • Patent number: 7988342
    Abstract: Systems and methods for installing row-mounted suspended light fixtures. Each of a row of suspended light fixtures includes brackets disposed on opposite ends of the fixture. Each bracket includes a slot configured to slidably receive an adjustment clip coupled to a support member, such as a ceiling cable or pendant. Each adjustment clip includes first and second segments disposed at a non-zero, acute angle relative to one another such that a space separates the first and second segments. The space is configured to receive a portion of one or more brackets associated with the adjustment clip, proximate the bracket slot(s). An operator can install the light fixtures by positioning a fastener through each adjustment clip, outside the bracket slot(s). He also can adjust an alignment and balance of one or more of the light fixtures by sliding one or more of the adjustment clips along the slot(s) associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Christopher J. Pahl
  • Patent number: 7921525
    Abstract: An object securing apparatus utilizing a hook and loop material attached to one of two faces of a binder clip and projecting downward there from. The hook and loop material can be single or double sided. A magnetic material can be disposed upon the hook and loop material. The hook and loop material can be cut forming a clearance for rotation of a cantilevered handle of the binder clip. The hook and loop material secures the binder clip to a first object and a binder clip gripping section is used to grip a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Lucas
  • Patent number: 7810783
    Abstract: A fastening structure for fastening a member to the rim of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle is disclosed to include a mounting base frame, which has two mounting holes at two distal ends for the mounting of an external member and two sets of hooks bilaterally protruded from the top wall between the mounting holes, and two elastic fastening belts, which have a hook hole one each of the respective two distal ends respectively hooked on the hooks at the mounting base frame to secure the mounting base frame to the rim of the steering wheel of the motor vehicle firmly in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventors: Wen-Feng Tsay, Wen Hong Shen
  • Publication number: 20100213346
    Abstract: A hanger device includes an open-back metal housing having two sidewalls formed with a notch each, and a hook connected to a bottom thereof; a plastic seat embedded in the metal housing and having a transverse recess; a release control element vertically slidably connected to the plastic seat; and at least one tension spring located between the release control element and the plastic seat. The notches have outward and downward inclined upper edges and a vertical sectional shape the same as the recess. The hanger device can be firmly attached to a horizontal rail with the inclined upper edges of the notches tightly hooked to a rearward and downward inclined upper end surface of the horizontal rail and a projected block on a top of the release control element upward pushed by the tension spring into an open-bottomed channel at a lower end surface of the horizontal rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: PROTREND CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Henry Chen
  • Patent number: 7523910
    Abstract: An apparatus for the suspension of objects from stable and overhanging locations. A method for the installation and use of such an apparatus is also included. Apparatus is especially useful in the decorative display of lanterns created from pumpkins and other gourds and melons including cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Sean Thomas Moran
  • Publication number: 20080169408
    Abstract: Provided herein is an item holder assembly that includes an attachment mechanism for attaching the assembly to an object such as a laptop computer, an item support or holder, and a member for connecting the attachment mechanism to the item holder or support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Rod S. Berman, Rhiannon AARONS
  • Publication number: 20080142677
    Abstract: An assembly for use in hanging articles, comprises: (a) a panel having a mounting aperture extending between front and rear walls of the panel; (b) a securement member juxtaposed with the panel rear wall; (c) a cable tie having a head and an elongate tail, the cable tie tail extending through the securement member and the mounting aperture, the cable tie urging the securement member against the panel rear wall; and (d) a hanger juxtaposed with the panel front wall and ensnared by retention of the cable tie tail by the cable tie head, the assembly including structure resisting displacement of the hanger transversely of the cable tie tail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Maurus Logan
  • Publication number: 20080054154
    Abstract: A wire harness projection guidance system comprises a support stand for supporting a wire harness board used to construct a wire harness. A projector is mounted to the support stand for projecting an image onto a wire harness board supported on the support stand. A memory stores data representing wire route for each of a plurality of individual wires in a wire harness. A programmed processing system is operatively coupled to the memory and the projector for generating a series of images to be projected by the projector. Each image in the series represents one of the stored wire routes for an associated individual wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Xiao Lin
  • Patent number: 7219767
    Abstract: A serving utensil, used for serving food on a salad bar, is attached to a retractable tether device. The retractable tether device is coupled to the under surface of a sneeze shield extending over the food on a salad bar, effectively elevating the retractable tether device and the serving utensil above and/or over food on the salad bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Harry Steinbok
  • Patent number: 7204468
    Abstract: An article suspension device for infants includes a length of cord having a continuous encircling member at one end for connection to a highchair or stroller or the like. An elastic loop is attached at the second end of the cord including an adjustable sleeve which allows for adjustment of the length of the elastic cord as well as adjustment of the elastic loop. The device further includes a fabric covering in outer surrounding relation to the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventors: Gregory Kintzele, Lisen Kintzele
  • Patent number: 6932309
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for holding a portable electronic device, comprising a base formed of thin, flat, rigid, material, and having, in a lower portion a first, substantially unbroken, flat surface, against which the inner lower surface of the device can be mounted; in any upper bifurcated portion a central slot with a relatively wide open upper end and a relatively narrow closed lower end adjoining the lower portion, and on the sides of the slot open upper end a pair of upwardly-extending, laterally-spaced, second and third mounting surfaces, against which spaced-apart inner upper surfaces of the device can be mounted; a first pair of holes formed in the outer ends of the second and third mounting surfaces; a second hole formed in a lower end of the lower portion; a plurality of inwardly-extending notches formed in the outer edge surfaces of the lower and upper portions; a cord having each of two end portions threaded through the first pair of holes; a middle portion formed as a loop and threaded through t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Donald Charles Corey, Vanese Lynn Clough
  • Patent number: 6799356
    Abstract: A machine having a machine tool operatively connected thereto by manually manipulatable fastening members. A fastening member receiving and retaining device is adapted for placement beneath the machine tool for catching fastening members when inadvertently dropped. A device for temporary attachment to the machine or machine adjacent surface, and a flexible cable device are provided for connecting the fastening member receiving and retaining device to the for temporary attachment. The flexible cable device is adapted to be manually positioned and shaped and to retain its shape and position in a self-sustaining manner while holding the fastening member receiving and retaining device beneath the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Javier Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6799917
    Abstract: A bar of soap with retention device includes a bar of soap with an aperture bored through it extending from the top surface to the bottom surface or from a first side edge to a second side edge. An elastic member attaches the bar of soap to a handling means through the aperture. The handling means includes an opening for attachment to the elastic member. The handling means is typically form as a ring but may have a series of finger indents within the opening or formed as a rod or handle. The elastic member is attached to the handling means by passing it through the opening in the handling means, passing both ends through the aperture and around each side of the bar and over the handling means to rest about the center of the elastic member. The retention device may be added to an existing bar of soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Ralph L. Sampson
  • Patent number: 6676769
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for cleaning a torch for a vertical furnace used in semiconductor processing are disclosed. The apparatus is constructed by two main components of a basket-shaped fixture body and a cleaning bath. The fixture body is formed of cylindrical shape with a top ring, a bottom ring and three support rods connecting the two rings together. The top ring is provided with an outwardly extending flange portion for engaging an opening in a cleaning bath for supporting and suspending the fixture body in the bath. The bottom ring is equipped with a pair of symmetrically positioned, inwardly extending arcuate-shaped flange portions adapted for supporting an edge of a bottom surface of the furnace torch in the cleaning bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventors: June-Yie Kao, Yie-Min Wu, Ming-Hsun Yang, Chii-Shing Yang
  • Patent number: 6416026
    Abstract: The subject invention pertains to a device for suspending objects such as fruit. In a specific embodiment, delicate fruit can be suspended from a kitchen fixture such as a cabinet. The device of the subject invention comprises a fixture attachment means, such as a ring for placement over a hook or knob of a cabinet; a fruit attachment means, such as a rigid tube on which bananas, for example, can be placed; and a connection means between the fixture attachment means and the object attachment means, such as a piece of cord or string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Richard Porraro
  • Patent number: 6110553
    Abstract: A label for displaying information regarding a container and suspending the container from a support and a method for forming the same. The label includes a base label having a lower surface. A base adhesive is disposed on the lower surface for affixing the label to the container. The label further includes a hanger having at least two interconnected legs defining an opening therebetween, each of the legs having a respective end. Each of the ends of the legs are secured to the base label. The hanger includes at least first and second superimposed layers. The layers are preferably formed of polymeric film. Preferably, the first layer has a tensile strength greater than the second layer and the second layer has a tear resistance greater than the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignees: Pharmagraphics (Southeast), L.L.C., Pharmagraphics (Midwest), L.L.C.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Grosskopf, Carl W. Treleaven
  • Patent number: 5950981
    Abstract: A new BEAR BAG SYSTEM for PROTECTING A SUPPLY OF FOOD WHILE CAMPING. The inventive device includes a length of nylon rope having opposing free ends. A bag of rocks is securable to one of the free ends of the length of nylon rope. Two supplemental bags are provided for storing food. Two lengths of curtain cord adjustably couple the supplemental bags with respect to the length of nylon cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Kenith M. Judy
  • Patent number: 5806508
    Abstract: A bow holder for holding an archery bow in a ready position is provided. The bow holder includes a vertical member and a horizontal member. The vertical member is mountable to a structure such as a tree. The horizontal member has a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is spaced transversely from the distal end so that the distal end extends away from the vertical member at a given distance. The bow holder further includes a string movably securable to the distal end and extending downwardly from the distal end. The string has a support portion comprising a knot. The knot is engageable with the archery bow to hold the archery bow in a ready position. The string supports the weight of the archery bow as a bow hunter aims the archery bow at a target. The knot silently releases engagement from the archery bow as the bow hunter draws back on the archery bow to fire a shot at the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventors: Mary Ann Stempien, James Otto Grenke
  • Patent number: 5781695
    Abstract: A Remote Car Heating System for heating an interior portion of a vehicle without starting the vehicle. The inventive device includes an electric heater, a pliable mat secured to the electric heater, a remote sensor electrically connected to the electric heater, and a remote control for transmitting a signal which the remote sensor detects. The remote sensor includes a clip for removably coupling the sensor to the rear view mirror of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventors: Robert W. Summers, Tami Summers
  • Patent number: 5090691
    Abstract: A handle for exercise devices provides a flexible cord having a loop formed in one end for slidable extension through a medial channel defined in a handle. The handle provides a diametrically larger knob-like structure proximate the inner end of the loop with a diametrically smaller elongate body extending a spaced distance away therefrom. The loop extending from the handle has a tubular cover about its medial portion to protect a user and provide frictional engagement with a wrist. The handle allows varying degrees of user gripping from a completely passive to a completely active type as determined by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Inventor: Todd E. Pollock
  • Patent number: 5082220
    Abstract: A restraining and support device for infants bottles and the like to prevent the bottle from being accidently or intentionally thrown to the ground or the floor is disclosed. The device consists of a flexible resilient elongated member, one end of which (the attachment end) is adapted to be attached to a fixed object and the opposite end (the grasping end) is adapted to hold an infants bottle. The attachment end of the elongated member carries adjustable loop for removably securing the device to a fixed object. The grasping end of the device carries a resilient annulus which is fitted around the neck of the bottle to be restrained. Stand-off connectors connect the grasping annulus and the strap to respective ends of the elongated member and serve keep the elongated member away from the fixed object to which it is secured to avoid entanglement of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventors: Debra G. Pollock, Robert B. Nealy
  • Patent number: 4913319
    Abstract: A bathroom accessory adapted to be mounted on a wall and includes an enclosure having front and rear faces and a pair of separate, inner liquid chamber formed between said faces. Separate pump dispensers are mounted to the enclosure and communicate with outlet openings in each chamber. A spring biased reel, carrying a retractable flexible cable, is mounted within the enclosure with the free end of the cable extending through an opening in the front face. A soap holder comprising an open mesh or liquid permeable flexible material is releasably connected to the free end of the cable. Therefore the soap holder, carrying a bar of solid soap, may be extended away from the enclosure for use and returned automatically to a position closely adjacent the enclosure upon release by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventor: William A. Root